In August of 2019, Colombia’s national meteorological service, IDEAM, launched a state-of-the-art climate forecasting system called NextGen. You can read more about this milestone in the latest report about the Adapting Agriculture to Climate Today, for Tomorrow (ACToday) project.
NextGen is a system for analyzing data, calibrating climate models and verifying forecasts based on a suite of climate tools developed by the International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI) at Columbia University.
Below is a video celebrating the launch and the many organizations involved.
“It is extraordinary to see all our ACToday partners in Colombia interacting to build better climate services to fight hunger,” says Ángel G. Muñoz, the ACToday country lead for Colombia and associate research scientist at IRI. “IDEAM has done an outstanding job co-developing NextGen, and involving all key institutions, at all levels, to help with the translation, transfer and use of tailored climate information.“
The Adapting Agriculture to Climate Today, for Tomorrow (ACToday) project, is the first Columbia World Project. Led by the International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI), ACToday aims to combat hunger and improve food security by increasing climate knowledge in six countries that are particularly dependent on agriculture and vulnerable to the effects of climate change and fluctuations — Ethiopia, Senegal, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Colombia, and Guatemala.